Abe, Obama and a Pacific trade deal

What you need to know about the Trans-Pacific Partnership

US-Japan defence pact aims to check China

Guidelines enable closer military ties in the event of conflict

Fitch downgrades Japan’s credit rating

Concerns on fiscal policy prompts cut from A plus to A

US should back Japan but not at any price

The aim must be to draw China into the world not to shut it out

Japan arrest in Abe roof drone landing

Police detain man who allegedly flew drone as nuclear policy protest

BoJ set to cut economic forecasts

Officials signal extra stimulus is unlikely for now

An unsinkable Pacific alliance

The closeness between America and Japan, forged in the ashes of war, goes beyond the ideological

Japan moves closer to nuclear restart

National shutdown ends as two reactors allowed to operate again

Abe gears up for speech to US Congress

Japan PM’s words, notably on WW2, will influence US relations

Abe picks Toyota adviser for BoJ board

Yukitoshi Funo is former head of carmaker’s US unit

ADB head plays down China-led AIIB

Japanese bank head says newcomer is years away from being a rival

Japan: push for renewables stalls

A tough economic and political climate has made moves to integrate green power difficult

Japan court bars nuclear plant restart

Kansai Electric to appeal against ruling on Takahama facility after judge hits at safety standards

China will react if US weaponises trade

TPP should not be pitched as the economic counterpart to a military strategy, says Michael Levi

Japan in long battle over war apology

Ex-PM Tomiichi Murayama, who made a 1995 landmark apology, attacks Abe’s revisionist stance

Japan needs a working hours overhaul

Country’s corporate culture unsuited to the challenges it faces

Japan Inc seeks to end long working hours

Tight labour market and waning company loyalty prompt a rethink

World watches Japan’s ageing citizens

Nation turns to digital medical records to improve wellbeing

Tokyo ward goes it alone with gay licence

Region breaks conservative taboo with documents for same-sex couples

Round two in US bid for Asian influence

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is just as likely to annoy America’s allies in region as reassure them

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